Dutch Standardisation Forum

The Dutch Standardisation Forum contributes to e-government goals. Goals like further improvement of government services and reducing the administrative burden by automating the flow of information between the government and citizens and enterprises. This leads to lower expenditure, improved efficiency and better services for citizens, businesses and public service providers through smart ICT solutions.

Organization and goals of the Standardisation Forum

The Dutch Standardisation Forum was established by decree by the Minister of Economic Affairs on 27 March 2006 to ensure implementation of the policy on electronic data exchange and (re) use of data and electronic services
The Standardisation Forum supports the Dutch government in the development, use and establishment of open standards for electronic information exchange. In this way it promotes interoperability within the Dutch government system itself, but also in the relations between government agencies on one hand and citizens and enterprises on the other. The second goal of the Standardisation Forum is to prevent vendor lock-in and reduce costs in government spending on ICT.

The use of open standards to support interoperabilitiy, (re) use of data and lower dependency on specific suppliers, is the leading Dutch policy.

In 2017 during the Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards our information video on open ICT standards was awarded Silver in the category Informational Films.

International activities of the Standardisation Forum

Standardisation is transboundary, it does not stop at national borders. Most of the standards that the Forum supports are international standards. Therefore the Forum participates in several European initiatives like the Multistakeholder platform on ICT standardisation (MSP) and workprogrammes on electronic building blocks (eSens) and interoperability solutions (ISA). The Forum also maintains an informal network with other EU memberstates.

Documents of the Standardisation Forum

Most documents relating to the activities of the Dutch Standardisation Forum are only available in Dutch. However, some reports are either translated or originally drafted in English. Links to these documents can be found in the archive. The documents are organized by topic.

If you have any questions please contact us.

Our international liaison in the European Commission is Robin Gelhard.

You can contact him by mailingaddress or by mobile phone: + 31 611 74 86 87